Virginia (Jinnie) Ruth Panzer Kamp, 90 of Bridgman, passed away at her home on August 20, 2016 surrounded by her loving, caring family. She is now at peace in heaven with her Lord and family members who went before her. Jinnie was born May 16, 1926 in Chicago, IL to Anna (Brandt) and Walter Panzer. She was a 1944 graduate of Bridgman High School. After graduation, Jinnie worked at Industrial Rubber until she married Joseph M. Kamp on September 13, 1944, and then became a homemaker and started raising a family.
Jinnie was a loving, caring, and generous daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to many. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and Immanuel School PTL as well as room mother for all her children; member of the Southgate Service League and Bridgman American Legion Auxiliary; and a volunteer at Memorial Hospital.
Jinnie was an amazing person - hard working, fun loving, creative, excellent cook, great hostess and always there when you needed her. She was a perfectionist and it showed in everything she did. Jinnie enjoyed music (especially Frank Sinatra) and loved dancing. Jinnie and Joe were fixtures at the D’Agostino’s Navajo Restaurant in Bridgman almost every Saturday night and were known as the “Navajo Dancers”. She also loved hosting family holiday dinners and parties at her home with friends; watching a different sunset every night from their Lake Michigan home; their time spent in Florida with all their friends; decorating every room in the house for Christmas; and attending her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s sporting events. Jinnie loved her family dearly and spoiled all of them. She leaves behind a wonderful legacy of all things she taught us and what we learned from how she lived her life that will be with us forever.
Jinnie is survived by her husband, sweetheart and loving caregiver of 72 years, Joseph; her children: Donald A. (Diana) Kamp of Stevensville, Suzanne D. Kamp (Jon) Malm of Bridgman and Kenneth W. Kamp of Baroda; grandchildren: Mark Joseph Kamp, Kimberly Kamp, Katy (Joe) Collins, Molly (John) Weinlader, Jennifer Malm and Jon Malm; great grandchildren: Emily Kamp, Michael Kamp, Jackson Kamp, Emma Weinlader, Caroline Collins and Elizabeth Collins: and several nieces and nephews.
Jinnie was preceded in death by her parents; son and daughter-in-law: Joseph Gene and Susan E. Kamp; sisters: Dorothy Gast and Lorraine Gitersonke; and brother: Walter Panzer.
Jinnie was so grateful for the care and support she received from all the staff at Hospice at Home, especially her nurse Angie, during this long journey. Dementia may have taken her mind and body, but it could never erase all the wonderful memories of this beautiful woman.
Visitation will be on August 25, 2016 from 5PM - 8PM at Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, The Boyd Chapel, 9191 Red Arrow Highway, Bridgman. Funeral services will be held at 11AM on August 26, 2016 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 9650 N. Church Street, Bridgman, with Reverend Dr. Phillip Quardokus officiating. Burial will take place at Graceland Cemetery, 8350 Red Arrow Highway, Bridgman. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice at Home, 4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph, MI 49085 or Immanuel Lutheran Church, PO Box 26, Bridgman, MI 49106.
Thursday August 25, 2016 , 5 - 8 PM at Pike Funeral Home, Boyd Chapel
Friday August 26, 2016 , 11 AM at Immanuel Lutheran Church
Friday August 26, 2016 at Graceland Cemetery